Designer Friday: Mikel Welch

This Friday, Pickler & Ben star Mikel Welch gives us a look at his life and designs behind the scenes. Known for creating luxury spaces with affordable items, Mikel has served as a trusted design expert for celebrities like Steve Harvey and Oprah and was a finalist on HTGTV’s Design Star. Now an on-air personality and one of interior design’s most charismatic characters, Mikel discusses his short-lived corrections career, what happens in Vegas, and his unabashed use of Tinder. If all goes well, the TV favorite won’t be a bachelor for much longer.Mikel is a connoisseur of coziness; his interiors are lushly decorated with a taste of down-South.

Andrew Joseph – What is one thing no one knows about you?
Mikel Welch – One thing that you may not know about me, is my first job out of college was a Probation Officer. I had just graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and was looking for any opportunity to pick a job. At the time, my best friend was working at a probation office and I would come and visit her daily on her lunch breaks. As we got closer to graduation, her boss overheard my struggles with securing a job and offered me a position as a Probation Officer if I hadn’t found a job by the end of April. Needless to say, my career in Corrections was short lived because I was way too nice to my defendants.

Andrew – Favorite app?
Mikel – No shame in my game! Currently, my favorite App is Tinder. I am determined to find a husband in 2019. I mean, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent can’t be the only magazine cover couple. I am determined to find love as well as grace the cover of a design publication in my foyer with my husband, 2.5 kids and our perfectly staged dog. We all know this famous money shot!

Andrew – Favorite city to recharge?
Mikel – Believe it or not, my favorite US city to recharge in is Las Vegas. To make things more interesting, I don’t even gamble. Fortunately, I have a great friend who is a Vegas local and has shown me a different side to the city. Once I arrive, my first stop is the spa at the Aria Hotel. They have 4 hot tubs, eucalyptus steam room, salt room and my ultimate fav….. hot stone beds. When I’m not in the spa, I am taking in numerous Cirque de Soleil show or dining at one of the many Michelin star rated restaurants that the city has to offer.This woody parlor embodies Welch’s “masculine aesthetic,” complete with a billiards table and dry bar.

Andrew – Favorite scent?
Mikel – My favorite scent is one that I actually hate to divulge due to my fear of everyone picking it up! But, it’s the holiday season, so why not? Santal 33 by Le Labo has got to be the most heavenly sent on earth. It’s the perfect combination of masculinity and sophistication. It’s made of sandalwood, Virginia Cedar, cardamom, violet, papyrus, leather amber and iris. Giddy up! A well-placed bronze horse sculpture adds a touch more rustic allure to the room.

Andrew – What are you most excited about at this time in your life?
Mikel – I am most excited about the relaunch of my Instagram page @mikelwelch. As designers, we are constantly re-inventing ourselves as times change. Fortunately, I’ve found my design niche and decided to be true to myself. I am not a huge fan of bright colors and had to learn to be ok with that fact. I’ll now be focusing on layering warm neutrals and showcasing a masculine aesthetic that I like to call Primitive Modern.

About Mikel Welch | By day, Mikel Welch is an accomplished interior designer. Self-made, Mikel worked his way out of the Detroit suburbs and through the design industry to the top where he owns his own interior design firm. By night, Mikel is a sought-after television personality. Appearing on programs like HGTV’s Design Star Season 7, The Steve Harvey Show, Pickler & Ben, and The Talk, to name a few, Mikel makes a name for himself as a design expert on the small screen. Catch him on TLC’s upcoming season of “Trading Spaces,” where neighbors swap houses and redesign them with the help of experts like Welch.

About Andrew Joseph | Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.

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